The latest release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private emails has revealed that a shocking amount of classified data was shared through her private email server, a fact that may bolster an ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton.
One in 20 of the latest Clinton emails released by the State Department contained or referenced classified information in some way, bringing the total Clinton emails to just under under a 1,000 that contained such sensitive information — including information about the Benghazi crisis.
Disclosing classified information through an unsecured email server could amount to criminal activity, under current U.S. laws.
The roughly 7,800 pages of emails released Monday were part of a court-ordered disclosure of correspondence sent from the private server Clinton used while she was secretary of state.
Also included in the most recent batch was an email that Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III and State Department Inspector General Steve Linick deemed classified in July.
At least two Senate committees are still investigating Clinton’s email arrangement and seeking the release of correspondence from her top aides.
Two-thirds of Clinton’s 30,000 work-related emails are now at least partially in the public eye — minus numerous redactions by the State Department.
At least a few of the messages have come back to haunt Clinton during her presidential bid. Shortly before 9 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012, Clinton sent an email asking her daughter to call her at her office about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The email was addressed to an account under the name “Diane Reynolds,” an alias Chelsea Clinton used for personal messages.
“Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al-Qaida-like group: The Ambassador, whom I handpicked, and a young communications officer on temporary duty w(ith) a wife and two young children,” Hillary Clinton later wrote to her daughter.
In October, that email was trumpeted by Republicans on the House Benghazi committee as evidence that Clinton knew very quickly the attack on the consulate was the work of Islamic terrorists, not a spontaneous street protest triggered by the release of a video considered an insult to the Prophet Mohammed.
In a later television interview, then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice suggested the video, which did spark anti-American protests that day in several Muslim countries, was the primary motivation for the attack. Republicans have suggested the Obama administration downplayed the terror threat to avoid stoking public safety concerns in the weeks leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
Some of the messages show that Clinton worried about how her own remarks after the attacks would later be perceived.
The FBI is currently investigating Clinton’s handling of classified information while secretary of state. There is currently no timetable for when that investigation may conclude.
The Associated Press contributed to this article